As the Autumnal Equinox approaches it is natural for human beings thoughts to turn to the harvest and the bounty of our Mother Earth. Most of us are cut off from where our food comes from, a disconnect that leaves most Americans unappreciative of the Earth and those who toil so we can eat.
Saturday, September 27th, Pacific Northwest residents have a chance to connect with farms and Nature at Montesano’s Harvest Celebration and Farm Tour. Not only can people have a pleasant tour of the farms and forests surrounding Montesano, the drive to Montesano can be a tour in itself depending on how one drives. Those going from Tacoma will want to go down I-5 to Olympia and 101 toward Aberdeen and WA-8 West to Montesano. If you live on the West side of the Narrows, going through Shelton is a lovely alternative which eliminates freeway driving and gives more opportunities to enjoy the sights.
The tour begins at the Odd Fellows Lodge, 116 W. Marcy Street in Montesano. A $5.00 hearty breakfast of pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee or tea will be served from 7-10 AM. A $5.00 plowman’s light lunch of soup and roll will be served from 11:30 AM to 1:30. There will be all-day activities including a quilt show.
Farm tour buses leave at 8 AM, 9, AM, 12 PM and 1 PM. Forest tour buses leave at 8:30 AM and 12:30 PM. Individual tour reservations are $3.00 per person/$5 per family. Both tours are $5.00 per person and $8.00 per family. Tickets at the door will be on a space available basis and will cost $2 more. Send your reservation and payment by September 24th, 2008: Mayor’s Office, Montesano City Hall, 112 N. Main Street, Montesano, WA 98536. Self-guided farm tours run 9 AM to 3 PM.
Stops on the farm tour include the Anderson Family Farm and their Scottish highland livestock, the Running Anvil Ranch & Carriage House and its collection of buggies, buckboards, & carriages, the Shaffner Farm, a U-pick farm where visitors have an opportunity to enjoy a hay maze, wagon tours of the farm’s pumpkin patch, and fields of fall flowers. The last stop is Preacher’s Slough wetland where the Department of Natural Resources manages a hiking/interpretive trail.
It's not too late for an Indian Summer "staycation." A day spent in farm country might be just the thing and accomplished at relatively little expense.